This leaflet describes what these traumatic experiences can do to your body, your feelings and your behaviour. Most of the time these will fade away and disappear, but sometimes you may need some extra help to make things feel better.


What a traumatic experience can do …

to your body

  • headache
  • tummy ache
  • feeling sick
  • problems with breathing
  • clumsiness
  • feeling wound up
  • wetting the bed
  • sleep problems and bad dreams

to your feelings  

  • feeling sad
  • feeling scared
  • not having fun
  • feeling cross
  • feeling bad – like it was your fault
  • feeling shocked

to your behaviour

  • being grumpy
  • crying
  • getting into trouble
  • not doing as well in school
  • not wanting to see your friends or family   


What can help?  

It might help to talk to a grown-up you trust. This might feel really difficult at first, but you could talk to a:

  • parent/carer
  • grandparent
  • someone at school, like a teacher or school nurse
  • your CAMHS worker

They may be able to help you themselves, or would know how to find someone who can help.


Keeping safe

If you are worried that you or a friend is being hurt or abused, please try to tell an adult you trust.


Remember, it is never a child’s fault if they are being hurt or abused. Everyone should be safe.


Good books to read:

  • When Something Terrible Happens by Marge Heegaard
  • The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside


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Date last updated:

8 / 6 / 2017

Archive date:

8 / 6 / 2020


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